Australia to continue strong stance on visa cancellations

by Ray Clancy on February 1, 2018

in Australia

Australia will continue to pursue a policy of cancelling the visas of people who commit serious crimes, the Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has confirmed.

Nationally almost 1,200 non-citizens had their visas cancelled and faced deportation from Australia in 2017.

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Dutton said that the strengthened section 501 provisions of the Migration Act introduced by the Government in 2014 are a powerful and effective tool to manage those who pose a threat to the Australian community.

‘We have zero tolerance for non-citizens who put Australians in danger and think they can exploit our visa system. We take the safety and wellbeing of Australians very seriously. Anyone who thinks they can come to our country and commit crimes can think again,’ Dutton pointed out.

He explained that Australians are grateful for law abiding visitors who contribute positively to the country. ‘However, there are always those who think they can use and abuse our laws and harm our citizens. We have strong measures in place under section 501 of the Migration Act to deal with these criminals, they are not welcome in our country,’ he added.

New South Wales had the most visa cancellations at 430, followed by Queensland with 300, Victoria 217, Western Australia 179, South Australia 43, the Northern Territory 16, the Australian Capital Territory eight and Tasmania five.

Seven murderers and five people convicted of manslaughter were among foreign nationals in New South Wales stripped of their visas last year as well as 60 people convicted of serious drug offences, and 16 who committed rape or other sexual offences.

Others who their visas cancelled included 14 for child sex offences or child pornography, 117 for violent assaults, 57 for other violent crimes, 28 for armed robbery and 26 for grievous bodily harm.

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